2016 Presidential Science, Tech, Health, and Environmental Forum

What are the top science, tech, health, and environmental questions the candidates for president should answer?

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1) Declarative statement (1-2 sentences max) describing the situation and context, followed by
2) Question (1 sentence) asking what they will do about it if elected.

FOLLOW THIS EXAMPLE FROM 2012:
What priority will you give to funding scientific research?
Federally funded research has helped to produce America’s major postwar economies and to ensure our national security, but today the UK, Singapore, China, and Korea are making competitive investments in research. Given that the next Congress will face spending constraints, what priority would you give to investment in research in your upcoming budgets?

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  1. How would you ensure that independent science guides environmental and public health protections?

    Science-based regulations are vital to protecting the health and safety of Americans, especially black and Latino communities who face bigger environmental threats. How would you ensure that science continues to be the foundation of public health and environmental laws like the Clean Air Act, and that overburdened communities have a voice in how science is used in the policymaking process?

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    • What steps would you take to reduce radon exposure in the U.S.?

      Protracted radon exposure is the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality in the United States. EPA funding has been reduced each year to the point of eliminating half of the state radon programs. Children attend schools and have to breathe radon at concentrations that are equal health-wise to smoking several cigarettes per day. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/opinion/the-radon-threat-is-still-with-us.html?_r=0 What steps would you take to reduce radon exposure in the U.S.?

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      • Should new chemicals be tested for safety before they are allowed to be used in consumer products or industrial applications?

        Weak regulations regarding the manufacture and use of new chemicals has historically resulted in extreme ecological harm and risk to human health through widespread use of untested manufactured chemicals. Examples include DDT, PCBs, and most recently a class of compounds called PFCs, which are believed to be present in the blood of all Americans. How will you direct federal agencies to address regulations that allow for chemicals to be used in consumer products and industrial applications under your administration, and will you support more thorough and robust safety testing of new chemicals before their widespread application in agricultural, manufacturing, or…

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        • How will your administration address the EPA's inadequate protection of thepublic from hundreds of untested chemicals in our environment?

          EPA's inadequate approval of chemicals & genetic manipulation like GMO without adequate, well designed, independent studies. Example- giveing ok for GMO based on studies done by the huge companies wanting to profit by GMOs. And failure to study many unnessary chemicals in our daily products &,food & food irradiation.

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          • What will you do to protect and strengthen federal and state governmental public health agencies and funding?

            Public health's mission is to protect, promote and assure the health of all the people, not just some. Effective public health systems threaten vested interests who do not accept responsibility for their negative impacts on the public's health (c.f. Big Tobacco, Big Food, Big Coal, etc.). Currently federal and state public health agencies that base their work on scientific evidence face capacity challenges by underfunding, loss of workforce, and short term thinking that does not support prevention. How will you work to increase protection of federal and state governmental public health agencies?

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            • What is your relationship with the National Rifle Association?

              One of the most powerful entities in the United States government is the NRA. Laws are enacted or "shot down" based on the approval of the NRA. What is your relationship with the National Rifle Association?

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              • Will you investigate the legitimacy of "chem trails", their effect on our climate/health/if negative, work to eliminate them?

                Research by some scientists has indicated these are indeed not contrails from aircraft and contain some material that is inimical to human health, as well as the health of many animals.

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                • Will it take a pandemic before the non-thermal biohazard of electromagnetics is addressed ?

                  Electrosmog effects all living organisms and is increasing without any effective governmental, medical or scientific scrutiny. We have outdated, thermal-based regulations, an uneducated medical community and the official scientific position of ignoring the precautionary principle. The military has developed direct energy weapons. Anything wireless or 'smart' that the consumer buys emits that same energy. Even at very low levels, that energy can disrupt the nervous systems (among other things) of all biological systems. Bees are dying, birds are losing their natural compass, there is a rise in autism and Alzheimer's disease. There is no US accepted diagnosis of electrosensitivity, so…

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